Where is cricothyrotomy performed?

A cricothyrotomy is generally performed by making a vertical incision on the skin of the throat just below the laryngeal prominence (Adam’s apple), then making a horizontal incision in the cricothyroid membrane which lies deep to this point.

Where is the cricothyroid membrane located?

The cricothyroid ligament (also known as the cricothyroid membrane or cricovocal membrane) is a ligament in the neck. It connects the cricoid cartilage to the thyroid cartilage. It prevents these cartilages from moving too far apart.

What is the difference between a tracheotomy and a cricothyrotomy?

As tracheostomy takes longer and is more difficult to perform, cricothyroidotomy is done during an emergency to establish an airway. It is a surgical procedure that is easier to perform, causes less bleeding, and takes lesser time.

Who can perform cricothyrotomy?

Finally, two patients developed subglottic stenosis. Conclusion: Surgical cricothyrotomy in the field can be performed reliably by specially trained nurses.

How do you Landmark the cricothyroid membrane?

The traditional method of finding the cricothyroid membrane relies on palpation of the thyroid prominence (Adam’s apple) and the gap between the lower thyroid cartilage and the cricoid ring. This works well in thin males but not when there is significant neck fat and musculature.

How many cricoid rings are there?

In total, nine cartilages can be found in the larynx.

How is a surgical cricothyrotomy performed?

  1. Make a longitudinal midline incision over the cricoid membrane.
  2. Identify the cricothyroid membrane via blunt dissection.
  3. Make a short transverse stab incision in the lower part of the membrane.
  4. Stabilize the larynx with a tracheal hook at the inferior aspect of the thyroid cartilage.
  5. Dilate the ostomy with curved hemostats.

How do you perform cricothyroidotomy?

Emergency cricothyrotomy The patient lies supine with the neck extended. After sterile preparation, the larynx is grasped with one hand while a blade is used to incise the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and cricothyroid membrane precisely in the midline, accessing the trachea. A hollow tube is used to keep the airway open.